British intelligence commented on the appointment of Gerasimov instead of Surovikin
On January 11, Russian War Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that that the commander of the “special military operation” in Ukraine, Valery Gerasimov was appointed instead of Surovikin.
In the message of the British Ministry of Defense on Twitter, this is evidence of a change in the approach of the main rashist to managing the war.
Intelligence emphasizes that the appointment of Gerasimov as commander of the theater hostilities is an indicator of the growing seriousness of the situation in which Russia finds itself, and a clear recognition that the campaign is not in line with Russia's strategic goals.
“This move is likely to be met with extreme displeasure by most Russian ultra-nationalists and the military bloggers who are increasingly accusing Gerasimov of mishandling the war,” the report says.
The ministry also added that, unlike Gerasimov, Surovikin has gained wide popularity in society for his support of a more realistic approach. Now, as a second-in-command, his authority and influence will almost certainly decrease significantly.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich